Jody and Sarah Fox - this phase of our Journey as IMB missionaries in Niger, West Africa

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Beautiful Feet


For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed?

And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard?

And how are they to hear without someone preaching?

And how are they to preach unless they are sent?

As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”

Romans 10:13-15

It always amazes us when we find someone in our village who has never heard of the name of Jesus.  However, we have found out recently that many of those who have not heard of the name we use for Jesus (Yesu) probably have heard of Isa, whom many Muslims are familiar with.  Isa is the Arabic name for Jesus.  Some accurate things have been taught about Jesus, however many important and necessary truths are missing.  Muslims view Him as only a prophet, and not God incarnate and not the Son of God.  They do not believe He died or was resurrected, or that He atoned for the sins of mankind.  Of course, this is NOT what the Bible teaches about who Jesus is and there are many in our villages who have never heard an accurate presentation of the Gospel message and how they can be saved.  They live in fear, clinging to an empty hope that maybe through enough good works they will obtain eternal life, but in reality without faith in Christ they await a Christless eternity in hell.  This is just one of the many reasons we desire to take the message of Christ, the true and faithful message of Christ, to the Songhai people -- that the glory of God may roll off their lips in praise to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for all eternity.     

The verses in Romans 10 tell us that people must be sent with the true message of Jesus to those who have never heard.  Well, we have been sent here to bring the good news to the Songhai people.  But this task is too great for us.  There are too many people, too many villages, too much lostness.  This is a task for the body of Christ.  We’ve already seen the church at work by supporting us financially to be here and by so many people praying for our family and the Songhai people.  We’ve even had numerous people come on short term assignments.  But we need more of those beautiful feet talked about in Rom. 10.  We need ‘feet on the ground’, running around preaching the good news! 

So how ‘bout it?  Do you want to have beautiful feet?  Well, in all reality you will have some of the dirtiest feet ever imaginable after walking around our village…but in God’s eyes they will be full of true beauty.  This summer we are looking for people to come and serve as summer missionaries with us.  You will be living in a village, living among the Songhai people, and bringing the good news of salvation to the lost.  That’s your task – share the gospel boldly and often.  We are looking for those who can commit to come for 6 weeks in May and June 2014 and who are college students or young adults (unmarried).  If you would like more information, just contact us by e-mail and we will send you a document with more details and we will be happy to answer any of your questions.

AND…if you aren’t a college student or young adult but want to come join us in ministry to the Songhai people please let us know!  We can start a conversation about how and when you can be involved.  We can use your help whether it is for short or long term service.

Last summer we had 5 college students who came and served as missionaries to the Songhai people.  They were a great encouragement to us and they were able to plant and water many gospel seeds.  They also grew in their faith and learned more about how God may be calling them to be involved in missions in the future.  Here are some pics of their time here.  Also, I’ve included a video from one of our summer missionaries, April, as she shares about her experience in Niger.

Here's the group with our village in the background

Emily holding baby Husseini
Caitlin at the market
April learning how to make pottery (our village is known for this)
Thomas and Logan getting ready to cross the river
Sharing the gospel
The boys enjoying some lunch
Caitlin and Cherifa
April and the cutest baby ever!
The boys with their host family
Thomas, Idressa, and Logan


Body surfing down a sand dune

 Seeing giraffes in their natural habitat is April's testimony about her time in Niger last summer: 
DISCLAIMER: This will NOT be an easy 6 weeks.  You are not coming here for vacation!  You will be in an unfamiliar culture and you won’t be able to communicate very well.  You are coming in Hot Season and so you will experience HEAT as you never have before.  And you will see great poverty and lostness (Niger is one of the poorest countries in the world and our people group is 98% Muslim).  And above all those things you will be on the front lines of a great spiritual battle.  The Songhai people are in darkness and they have been for a long time.  So make sure you pray about this and have your church pray for you in this decision.  If God is sending you here that is wonderful and we would love to have you. 

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